Painting No. 7 Nocturne Kiosk
I was up late. It was getting up to 10:30 p.m. It was our last night in Kiosk and I decided to paint a nocturne. For light, I had only a small candle lantern. I became almost dizzy, staring so intently into the dark shadows and flitting light of the forest, then back up to the cool sparkling stars in the firmament. It is a very different experience from painting in the daytime. Not only is the colour and form muted and distorted, but the utter tranquility instills a solemnity that I have not experienced before in a daylight painting. It parallels, in a way, the scene of an almost empty church darkened before mass. You are alone but not lonely.